Preliminary Program

 
February 2-5, 2020
Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Sunday, February 2

Noon - 6:00 p.m.

Registration

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Noon - 6:00 p.m.

Work Colleges Consortium

CLOSED SESSION FOR CONSORTIUM MEMBERS ONLY

2:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Government Relations Academy

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Attendees will hear an in-depth analysis on how several of the major issues actively being discussed in Washington could affect private college campuses in the months and years ahead. 
See session titles, descriptions and speakers.
6:00 p.m.

Opening Reception: Football, Food & Fun

OPEN TO ALL REGISTERED ANNUAL MEETING ATTENDEES

Kick off the Annual Meeting by relaxing with friends and colleagues, old and new, during pro football's annual championship game. Food and drink will be available throughout the evening.

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Monday, February 3

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration

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7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

NAICUSE Executive Committee

CLOSED SESSION FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS ONLY  

8:30 a.m. - Noon

NAICUSE Meeting

CLOSED SESSION FOR STATE EXECUTIVES AND THEIR STAFF MEMBERS

8:30 a.m. - Noon

PRE-CONFERENCE SUMMIT:  

Advancing Your Communications and Messaging

PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED

  • Telling Your Story
  • Communicating in Turbulent Times
  • What Does the Future Hold for Town-Gown Relations?
See session descriptions and speakers.
10:00 a.m. – Noon

Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Winter Presidents Meeting                 

CLOSED SESSION FOR SAA MEMBER PRESIDENTS ONLY

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Monday Luncheon & Lecture: 

Trends Driving Innovation and Change in Higher Education

OPEN TO ALL REGISTERED ANNUAL MEETING ATTENDEES

The challenges of an evolving economy and unrelenting downward demographic pressures have changed the nature of higher education, exponentially increased competition, and have made more institutions increase their focus on non-traditional audiences. Hear a review of data drawn from the headlines and a discussion of what institutions can do to maximize enrollment in a period of unprecedented competition.  Now more than ever, it has become crucial for higher education to evolve, as well, to ensure that their students are leaving with the knowledge, skillsets, and experiences necessary to meet the needs and expectations of today’s employers.
SPEAKERS:
Susan C. Aldridge, Ph.D., Former Senior Vice President for Online Learning, Drexel University (PA), and Former President, Drexel University Online

Scott Jeffe, Vice President for Research, Graduate and Online,  RNL+Converge 

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New Committee Members Luncheon and Briefing

BY INVITATION ONLY

 

NAICUSE Luncheon

CLOSED SESSION FOR STATE EXECUTIVES AND THEIR STAFF MEMBERS

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Coffee Break

OPEN TO ALL REGISTERED ANNUAL MEETING ATTENDEES

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1:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Convening of the 2020 Annual Meeting 

OPEN TO ALL REGISTERED ANNUAL MEETING ATTENDEES

SPEAKERS:
Jo Allen, Ph.D., President, Meredith College (NC), and Chair, NAICU Board of Directors
Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., President, NAICU

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

PLENARY SESSION I

Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future

Monumental in his contribution to American culture, bestselling author and presidential historian Douglas Brinkley will take the historical lessons of the past and apply them to the present and our future.
SPEAKER:
Douglas G. Brinkley, Ph.D.Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History, Rice University (TX); CNN Presidential Historian; and Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair.
3:00 - 3:15 p..m.

PLENARY SESSION II

Alternate Routes on an Uncertain Highway: How Colleges Might Rethink Their Future 

In a time of profound change, higher education leaders must think beyond the incremental to best serve a changing population and a shifting higher education landscape.  These panels will explore some of the fundamental issues facing our institutions and innovative approaches to new opportunities and needs.
SPEAKER:
Edward Wingenbach, Ph.D.President, Hampshire College, (MA)

3:30 - 4:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Choose from three mini-sessions featuring member presidents.

 

Confronting Cost: The Way Colleges Are Addressing Increased Price Sensitivity
MODERATOR:
Andrea P. Cook, Ph.D., President, Warner Pacific University
SPEAKERS:  
Wayne Frederick, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.President,
Howard University (DC)
Mark L. Putnam, Ed.D., President, Central College (IA)   

Attracting Prospective Students: Aligning Workforce and Education
MODERATOR:
Michelle D. Perkins, Ed.D., President, New England College (NH)

SPEAKERS:  
Thomas LeBlanc, Ph.D., President, The George Washington University (DC)
D. Mark McCoy, Ph.D., President, DePauw University (IN)


Addressing Real World Demand: Retaining Vulnerable Students
MODERATOR:
Rev. J. Cameron West, President, Huntingdon College (AL)
SPEAKERS: 
 
John Comerford, Ph.D., President, Otterbein College (OH)
Fayneese Miller, Ph.D., President, Hamline University (MN)

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

PLENARY SESSION II

Does Free Public College Cost More Than It’s Worth? 

Free public college” proposals continue to spread across the states, while Congress is considering its own version as part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Speakers in this session will share the experience of private colleges in New York and Tennessee, along with expert analysis of the policy trend, to help educate presidents on how these programs could affect our sector and campuses.
MODERATOR:
Susanna L. Baxter, Ed.D.,
President, Georgia Independent College Association
SPEAKERS:  
Mark LaBranche, D. Min., President Martin Methodist College (TN)
Linda LeMura, Ph.D., President, Le Moyne College (NY)
Matthew M. Chingos, Ph.D., Vice President, Education Data and Policy, Urban Institute

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Presentation of the Henry Paley Memorial Award

Each year during the Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day, NAICU recognizes an individual who has championed the cause of independent higher education and demonstrated a commitment to the sector, students, faculty, and institutions. 

SPEAKERS: 
Tina Bjarekull, Former President of the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) and 2020 Recipient of the Henry Paley Memorial Award
Roger N. Casey, Ph.D., President, McDaniel College (MD), and
Vice Chair, NAICU Board of Directors

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D., President, Hood College (MD), and Chair, Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

NAICU/NAICUSE Reception 

OPEN TO ALL REGISTERED ANNUAL MEETING ATTENDEES

After a full day of meetings, unwind, network and compare notes with friends and colleagues, while enjoying a wide array of food and drink,

 
7:00 p.m.

The Annapolis Group Dinner

CLOSED SESSION FOR ANNAPOLIS GROUP MEMBERS ONLY

Tuesday, February 4

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration

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7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

OPEN TO ALL REGISTERED ANNUAL MEETING ATTENDEES  

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Orientation for New NAICU Board Members

CLOSED SESSION FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS ONLY

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Short Course Sessions 

OPEN TO ALL REGISTERED ANNUAL MEETING ATTENDEES

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Academic Program Management: Making Data-Informed Decisions

Learn about a data-informed decision-making process that incorporates data on mission, academic standards, markets, and economics with institutional judgment to help colleges and universities select the best programs to Start, Stop, Sustain, and Grow.  We will describe relevant data sets and how and where to collect them, and discuss proven tools and processes that let institutions assess, review, and manage their academic program portfolios.
SPEAKERS 

Peter Holbrook, Ph.D.Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Tiffin University (OH)
Robert G. Atkins, CEO, Gray Associates 

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Changing the Conversation Around Risk Management
 

This interactive session will explore the landscape of risk and opportunity in higher education.  All colleges and universities want to be more competitive, sustainable and capable of enhancing the outcomes for their students – but actually developing and implementing a systematic portfolio of innovative practices and initiatives, and avoiding pitfalls along the way, requires clear strategy, a supportive board, and strong institutional culture.  We will look at examples and lessons learned from the industry to highlight innovative enrollment and revenue growth initiatives and key considerations.  The goal of this session is to encourage the audience to reimage the conversation and climate around risk and take action to transform risk into opportunity. 
SPEAKERS:
Chris Moloney, Senior Associate, AGB Consulting
Ken Knueven, Managing Director, AGB Consulting ​

Choreographing a Committee-Led Executive Search

Identifying and recruiting university leadership is an important component to institutional success.  In this new decade, as the landscape of higher education is shifting and baby boomers enter their final years of work, the leaders of tomorrow are needed today.  Join us in a discussion of search committee best practices that increase the likelihood of a successful hire, on time, and on budget.

SPEAKERS:
Price Harding, Chairman, CarterBaldwin Executive Search
Bill Peterson, Partner, CarterBaldwin Executive Search

 

The 2019 Inquiry Response Project and What It Means for Your Student Recruitment

Engaging prospective students has become more important than ever. The traditional student market is shrinking, private colleges are competing to make enrollment numbers, and recent changes to the NACAC ethical principles are adding challenges. Making a solid first impression and continuing engagement with prospective students (and parents!) is critical for schools to succeed. Yet many schools fail at simply responding to a student’s request for information. This session will share data from an inquiry response project of over 700 schools from across the country, including 467 NAICU member institutions. The project looked at navigating a college website, how quickly schools respond, how personalized that response is, and how many channels are used to engage prospects. The data will be wrapped within best practices for communicating with today’s prospective students.

SPEAKERS:

Suzanne Sharp, Ed.D., Executive Director of Enrollment Management Consulting, Liaison
George F. Wolf, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Siena Heights University (MI)

 


ADVOCACY DAY

9:00-10:00 a.m.

HEA: Behind the Scenes on Capitol Hill

Ninety-five percent of the Higher Education Act's (HEA) final content will be determined and written by key staff for the House and Senate Education Committees. Come meet the people who are putting pen to paper on the details that will affect every aspect of campus life, as they share the policy and political concerns they are trying to balance. Understanding what will likely come down when the bill eventually passes will give your campus a heads–up in the planning and implementation process so you can make sure you are not caught flat-footed.
MODERATOR:
Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D., President, University of Puget Sound (WA)

SPEAKERS:
Katie Berger, Professional Staff Member, Majority, U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor
Bryce McKibben, Senior Policy Advisor, Minority, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Alex Ricci, Professional Staff Member, Minority, U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Advocacy Day Issue Overview

To prepare NAICU members for Advocacy Day visits to Capitol Hill, this session will focus on the key issues college presidents should raise, and how, in their meetings with their legislators.

SPEAKER:
Sarah A. Flanagan, Vice President for Government Relations and Policy Development,
NAICU
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Advocacy Day Visits to Capitol Hill

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

NAICU Capitol Hill Welcome Room

Staffed by members of the Government Relations team, NAICU members can stop by to provide feedback, ask policy questions, recharge, refresh and regroup between Congressional visits. Light refreshments will also be available,
LOCATION: 
Room 1040, Longworth House Office Building, Capitol Hill
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

NAICU Board of Directors Meeting

CLOSED SESSION FOR NEW AND CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS ONLY 

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Fourth Annual Congressional
Independent Colleges Caucus Reception

OPEN TO ALL REGISTERED ANNUAL MEETING ATTENDEES

You are cordially invited to attend a reception for the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus (CICC).  The Caucus is focused on celebrating the contributions independent colleges and universities make to the educational, intellectual, economic, social and cultural life of our nation.
LOCATION: 
Kennedy Caucus Room, 325 Russell Senate Office Building, Capitol Hill

WEDNESday, February 5

7:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Registration

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8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Annual Meeting Breakfast

Recharging Your Emotional Batteries to Better Serve Your Community

OPEN TO ALL REGISTERED ANNUAL MEETING ATTENDEES

Serving as a college or university president brings a unique set of daily challenges and stress.  Hear about the need for focusing on self-care, resiliency, and taking care of one’s community.
SPEAKER:   
Barry Corey, Ph.D., President, Biola University (CA)

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

PLENARY SESSION I

Federal Grant Opportunities for NAICU Institutions and How to Get the Most Out of Your Grants Office

This session will discuss specific federal funding opportunities for NAICU institutions. Federal grant experts from McAllister & Quinn will lead a discussion about positioning your institution to receive significant federal grant funding.
MODERATOR: 
Barbara C. McMillin, D.A.President, Blue Mountain College (MS)
SPEAKERS:  
Maeve Connolly
, Vice President, McAllister & Quinn

John McAllister, Managing Partner, McAllister & Quinn
James A. Troha, Ph.D., President, Juniata College (PA)


MODERATOR

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10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

PLENARY SESSION II

Pay to Play: How Paying Players Might Change College Athletics, Admissions, and Institutions’ Relationship to Students. 

Will the prospect of quarterbacks, point guards, and pitchers making more money than their less recognizable teammates due to name, image and likenes (NIL) affect team culture? Will the disparity in pay upset the balance between men’s and women’s athletics?  What will become of the amateur ethos of college athletics?
MODERATOR:
Kathleen Murray, D.M., President, Whitman College (WA)
SPEAKERS:  
Nathan O. Hatch, Ph.D., 
President, Wake Forest University (NC)

Donald M. RemyChief Operating Officer/Chief Legal Officer, National Collegiate Athletic Association (IN)

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

NAICU Annual Business Meeting

OPEN TO ALL REGISTERED ANNUAL MEETING ATTENDEES

Agenda includes: Approval of the Public Policy Objectives for the 116th Congress; Approval of the proposed 2020-21 Estimated Revenues from Membership Dues and Budget; Passing of the Chair's Gavel.
SPEAKERS: 
Jo Allen, Ph.D., President, Meredith College (NC), and 2018-20 Chair, NAICU Board of Directors
Roger N. Casey, Ph.D., President, McDaniel College (MD) and
2020-21 Chair, NAICU Board of Directors

Richard Ekman, Ph.D., President, Council of Independent Colleges
Barbara K. Mistick, D.M., President, NAICU

11:30 a.m.

Adjournment

SAVE THE DATE:  2021 Annual Meeting - February 7-10, 2021

Noon

NAICU Legal Services Review Panel

CLOSED SESSION FOR PANEL MEMBERS ONLY

 

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